It is true that mistakes provide the grounds for sound learning. However, it is still better if you can learn from the experience of others and not make critical mistakes to begin with – especially when their impact is detrimental to the success of your practice. Misunderstanding leadership is one of those big mistakes that can easily be avoided with a little guidance.
So what do we strive for when we talk about leadership? My favourite definition is: ‘Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he/she wants to do it.’